Pearson would be a tough act to follow

Anyone who reads my column knows that, in general, I’m not a big fan of government. But there are certain organizations and individuals at the local level that I sincerely believe do a good job and truly care about the community. From time to time, I like to point them out. This week, I’d like […]

Common sense says park is better choice for OCTV home

Why is it whenever there’s a decision to be made or an issue to be examined, government’s first reaction is usually to form a committee rather than exercise a little common sense? I have nothing against using committees to gather information, weigh pros and cons, and present findings. But it’s not always necessary to do […]

DDA board needs more members with skin in the game

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” – U.S. President Ronald Reagan While listening to the Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) board last week discuss the need for more involvement, input and guidance from business owners, a thought occurred to me. If this […]

Manager search continues, but I liked the guy from Wayland

As the Oxford Village Council continues its search for a new manager, I’d like to offer my two cents. For what it’s worth, I really liked Timothy McLean, the current manager of the City of Wayland. Council interviewed him during a special meeting on June 15. I have a good feeling about him. I found […]

I just want to be made whole – that’s all

Normally, I’m not one to write columns about what goes on in my personal life, but this week, I feel the need to vent. I’m very angry. I’m frustrated. I’m depressed. I’m stressed. Most of all, I’m fed up. On June 26, a 69-year-old Oxford woman travelling south on M-24 made a “hard right” to […]

Booting OCTV out of meeting doesn’t look very good

An interesting thing happened last week. A meeting was held at the Orion Township Hall regarding Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail and connecting the local Paint Creek and Polly Ann trails as part of it. Based on the agenda, representatives from the local, county and state levels of government gathered to provide updates, do some brainstorming […]

Solwold should be village’s next police chief

The winds of change are blowing this year and in that spirit, I think it’s time for the Oxford Village Police Department to have a new chief. That chief should be Sgt. Mike Solwold. I’ve said it for years, privately, and now, I’m saying it publicly. Solwold has faithfully served this town as a police […]

Kick off 2017 by cutting out all those toxic people

Shunning gets a bad rap. We all know people who definitely deserve to be shunned. We all know people who are toxic and contribute nothing of value to either our personal lives or the community we live in. I think 2017 is a good year to start shunning these people. Who do I have in […]

A little faith in humanity restored

My faith in humanity tends to get quite low at times. It dips whenever I have to deal with a public official I know to be a two-faced liar. It dips whenever I encounter a scam being perpetrated against vulnerable people who can ill afford to lose a penny. It dips whenever I have to […]

Local charity is the best charity

Local charity is without a doubt the best charity, and it’s the only charity I personally support or endorse. What could be better than helping people right in your own backyard, thereby uplifting and strengthening the place you call home? I know it’s not popular to say, given our society’s present infatuation with globaloney, but […]

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